Sometimes it is not about what you know but who you know. It happens in every profession — the difference in design is you rarely find somebody who is solely hired off of who they know. Design is a very honest industry: If you can't produce, you won't be around long. But you need to find people who believe in you and are willing to let you know when positions that fit your skill level open up. When they let you know, be ready to strike. Have your résumé intact, your portfolio straight, and send it to the recruiter immediately. Then sit back and pray. Don't hassle your connections, they are only there to inform. They can't get you the job. Only you can get yourself the job.